PAWS is on Quirky

Finally submitted something to Quirky! Hope it works out…

http://www.quirky.com/invent/1651622

Back on the Saddle…

So, I have been a bit distracted from my CGI practice. That has changed! I have started a new project to get back on the CG saddle – Project Darwin! Darwin is a character I sketched a few years ago, but never took further than that. To get ramped back up in production work, I started a series of videos that capture my process in creating a fully developed character from design to  short film. The work will be done mostly with software from the Foundry – Mischief, NUKE Studio (NonCom) & MODO. I will also be using amazing plugins/kits – ACS & SLIK – for MODO.

Keep an eye out for new videos. The first on is up in my Portfolio page. I’d love to hear from you!

Have a looksee…

The Power and Perils of Shortcuts…

So, my first bjourn… I guess this would be my second since the previous announcement was my first, but I digress and ramble. Ooh, two other great topics for future bjourns. OK, I digress again!

I was just reviewing my old Architectural Visualization work and I thought about how I made each one. The first thing that popped in my mind was what shortcuts I did to make each piece. I then remembered the sacrifices I made in ultimate quality just to get it “done!” Is that really the most prominent memory of my works? “How did I skimp on my work? Let me count the ways!”

Honestly, I pride myself in quality work from “soup to nuts” (I never usually use those kinda lines, but I love old Americana sayings like that… Ooh, another bjourn post) I have a healthy or unhealthy preoccupation with efficiency. My own versions of efficiency, anyway. After years of experience and telling myself I’d follow a training series on Architectural modeling in MODO, I finally did it. Of course having it published free just recently by the good folks at The Foundry (www.thefoundry.co.uk) was a big motivator. I have garnered many long lost processes that can seem tedious, but I have opted to avoid due to my opinions of efficiency. This training enlightened me on the beautiful simplicity of having a clean workflow without focusing on the shortcuts!

I dislike tedium and stick to only a handful of tools in any process. The instructor, Andy Brown, a veritable genius, showed a far superior process to my own. There were many different steps that I previously thought were a waste of time. The process ultimately was extremely efficient. I have seen the light!

The efficiency of these proper methods versus my shortcuts proved to be far more accurate and speedy. So, using the right tools and processes for a specific task is in and of itself a “shortcut.” The idea of a shortcut for me has been about cutting corners, but is now becoming about saving time and reducing wasted efforts. The best shortcut is to follow an efficient workflow.

my bjourn

The birth of my bJourn! No I am not having another child, but this blog post signifies my departure from Blogs. I am calling my posts bJourns… which stands for Web Journals! I never really liked the term blog. When I read the word “log” I always thought of “Doodie, Doodie!” from Caddy Shack. Not that having the initials “bJ” or being named after a Viking is better, I have always thought of a different name for my journaling. Let’s see how long this lasts…

El Dragonero!

Oh I love it when a plan comes together…BUT, I love it more when a happy accident crashes the party!!!

I have been designing dragons for a potential game my studio is developing. I started working on one and just started seeing a cowboy sitting on it’s back…soooo…. there he was!

Of course, I am envisioning a new world where El Dragonero wanders. Hopefully I can develop this new idea. I am digging it!

Dragonero_001

Studio Fisheye News…

Studio Fisheye is moving right along with our inaugural game. I have been working on the conceptual planning work. We are making progress.

Starting out 2015 with a bang!

Santos Studios is gaining momentum in a new filed of interest (yet another OCD!)… Archery! I started shooting bow when I was a wee lad of 16, or younger… Darn this old age stuff…

Anyway, I have rediscovered my passion for the sport, but with a driving force of design and building forging me ahead! In other words, I am now a bowyer with about 4 bows under my belt.

If you know how my… hmmm… “unique” mind works, you would see that this is par for the course. I need a primer for my passions and this manifestation of archeryOCD sparked with a bunch of bamboo scraps being given away to any unsuspecting sucker, um, kindhearted creative type who could use them.

My first thought was “furniture!” Isn’t that what everyone thinks of when first seeing a bunch of bamboo on the sidewalk with those four letters that speak to my soul… FREE! With splintered appendages and gleaming optimism, my new parcel mowzied on home with their new Dada! …and hearing the expected concerns of the Santos Household CEO.

Archery didn’t spring from the fount of inspired glee until further inspection of the “FREE” goods! Shrouded under the guise of a “project” that father and son can explore, I proceeded to unravel kitchen twine and unearth that “not-for-bamboo” hacksaw. Yeah, you know I hacked the heck out of that bamboo. With a couple simple knots and duct tape reinforcing, I gots me a bow… A BamBow! Get it… see how I turned the… bamboo name… and added.. well you know how that goes.

I was hooked! I owe it all to my son! If we didn’t have fake projects to get me stuff, Santos Archery would have never been hatched! And boy has it Hatched!!!

Stay tuned

-hanksan